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Interviewing Skills


A basic interview skills workshop for undergraduates

A basic interview skills workshop for undergraduates

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  • 1. Interviewing Skills
  • 2. The Interview process
    1st interview
    2nd interview
    Sometimes even a 3rd or 4th interview!
    Alternative Formats:
    Group interview – multiple interviewees or interviewers
    Phone interview
    Lunch/dinner interview
    Behavioral interview
  • 3. Top Four questions in employer’s minds
    Why are you here?
    Why us and not XYZ company down the street?
    What can you do for us?
    Are you a problem solver? What are your skills?
    What kind of person are you?
    How are your interpersonal skills? Are you a team player?
    What distinguishes you from the 19 other people who can do this job?
    Do you work harder? Are you willing to go above and beyond? Are you self-directed?
    Information from: What Color is Your Parachute?
  • 4. Top “soft” skills sought by employers
    Communication (written and oral)
    Strong work ethic
    Team work
    Analytical skills
    Computer skills
    Interpersonal skills
    Problem solving skills
    Technical skills
    Organizational skills
    Leadership skills
  • 5. Preparing for the interview
    Research the organization, the position, and the person who has the power to hire you
    Attire – shower, dress professionally, avoid dousing yourself with fragrances. Cover tattoos and piercings.
    Men: shower, shave, conservative attire (wear a suit, if possible)
    Women: shower, modest dress, jewelry, and makeup (natural looking)
    Keep the culture and industry of the organization in mind
  • 6. Who would you hire?
  • 7. Who would you hire?
  • 8. During the interview
    Arrive 5-10 minutes early
    Firm handshake
    Keep your answers concise, don’t ramble. 2 minute time limit
    Maintain steady eye contact
    Watch out for nonverbal behaviors
    Project confidence, BUT don’t be arrogant.
    Be polite to everyone in the office
  • 9. During the Interview
    Focus on transferrable skills
    Always have questions prepared!
    Example: What skills would an ideal employee have?
    If you’re asked to talk about a mistake, talk about what you’ve learned since then
    NEVER badmouth anyone you’ve worked with, especially prior bosses
  • 10. Transferable skills
    A skill developed in one aspect of your life that can be (deliberately or unintentionally) applied to another activity
    How do your experiences relate to the job you’re applying to?
    Think creatively!
  • 11. Behavioral Interview Questions
    Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritize your tasks
    Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split second decision
    Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed
    Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree
  • 12. After the Interview
    Send a personalized thank you card or email within 24 hours to every person who interviewed you
    Proofread! Capitalize, spell check, use proper grammar
    Use it as an opportunity to market yourself again. You can:
    Stress fit
    Damage control
    Mention interview afterthoughts
  • 13. professionalism
    Center for Professional Excellence surveyed more than 500 human resources professionals and business leaders about recent college grads and their professionalism.
    Characteristics of Professionalism:
    Personal interaction skills, including courtesy and respect
    The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills
    A work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete
  • 14. Professionalism
    Traits or behaviors employers value most, and that they believe are most deficient in the recent graduates they have hired, include:
    Accepts personal responsibility for decision and actions
    Is able to act independently
    Has a clear sense of direction and purpose.
  • 15. Remember!
    The employer will assume that the way you handle the job search process is the way you will handle the job.
    Actions speak louder than words.
  • 16. Questions?
    Emily Roh
    (xxx) xxx-xxxx